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HDFS 477 - HDFS Professional Preparation

  • 1 credit
  • Online

Exploration of professionalism, workplace issues, leadership and communication skills, goal setting, self-management, and building a professional identity in person, writing, and online. Completion of steps to secure an internship.

Learning Objectives:
1.Explain applications of HDFS theory, concepts, and education to career goals and internship placement.
2. Describe professional ethics, appropriate conduct, and effective workplace behaviors.
3. Justify appropriate actions and behaviors in the context of professional ethics, conduct, and presentation including social media, email, and other arenas of presentation.
4. Compare multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in HDFS.
5. Create a professional identity through presenting self in career development skills including interviewing, resumes, and portfolios.
6. Choose an internship site after interviewing and completing the internship placement process for the next semester to gain relevant professional experience.

In order to participate in the internship, students will work closely with the Internship Director to ensure appropriate placement. Students must work with their adviser in advance to identify the semester for their internship.

Students are responsible for securing a distance placement that meets the criteria for an HDFS Internship. Students will work with the distance internship instructor to ensure proper placement. Following the successful completion of the distance placement process, students will be provided with registration instructions for HDFS 488.

If you have additional questions, please contact:">Dr. Jen Reinke
HDFS Distance Internship Instructor


HDFS 277 (Professional Skills Development I); completion of 75 credits; Human Development and Family Studies majors only or HDFS 350 (Applied Research Methods or concurrent registration.)

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed given prior to enrollment.